Rules of engagement

first_imgRules of engagementOn 1 Sep 2003 in Personnel Today Don’t let a bad experience with e-learning put you off, says Kenneth Fee.Instead, take the time re-evaluate its benefitsHow often do we hear the claim “e-learning doesn’t suit my learningstyle”. Yet, if we understand e-learning fully, this claim makes no moresense than saying we don’t like to read books.If a trainee given a new product manual protests they don’tlike reading books, we wouldn’t regard that as a valid objection. Employershave the right to expect learners to make use of whatever resources areavailable. The corollary is that learners have the right to expect learningresources to be of the highest quality.It’s true, too, that some early implementations of e-learninglacked imagination. Simply providing text with illustrations on-screen doesn’tusually make for a good learning experience. That’s just e-reading. But this is no longer an accurate characterisation ofe-learning. Increasingly, we are finding imaginative applications offeringlearners opportunities they never had before, and in new and exciting ways.A lot of e-learning content now frequently includes clevergraphics, animation, games and simulations. Video is spoilt for many users bybandwidth problems, but corporate schemes still find ways to distribute video,which remains a powerful tool – and the bandwidth issues are bound to beresolved soon. Audio is more commonplace, and represents less of a bandwidthconcern. New software applications mean online assessment is becomingincreasingly sophisticated, extending even to the capacity to mark free text.Digitally animated characters act as avatars, and panoramic imaging offersvirtual learning environments. E-learning is becoming a highly interactive, asopposed to just a passive, experience.E-learning offers unique and unprecedented ways for people tocommunicate. Learners in virtual classroom can access their personal recordsand references while taking part in an online discussion. Learners can shareideas via audio, text and images. Tutorials can take place regardless of thelocations of the various participants.Some of this may sound unlike any experience of e-learning thereader has had. The potential for using computer networks to enhance learningis far from exhausted. One of most exciting aspects of e-learning is that wehave yet to see anything like its full potential. The challenge for learners isto engage with this now, and not be a Luddite. Just as the business hype has died down, to be replaced bycommon-sense assessments of the real benefits, so learners too need tore-evaluate the advantages of e-learning for them. If you’ve had a badexperience of e-learning,  forget aboutit, and try again. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.Kenneth Fee is chief executive ofthe e-Learning Alliance, Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. last_img read more

BMT to conduct industry studies for US T-ARC(X) cable ship

first_img Posted: 2 months ago BMT to conduct industry studies for US Navy cable ship program Naida Hakirevic View post tag: US Navy View post tag: BMT Additional missions include acoustic, hydrographic, and bathymetric survey; towing projectors; and deploying and recovering UUVs and other packages through its moonpool. BMT’s partners on this project include Fincantieri Marine Group (FMG), ABB Marine & Ports, and Noise Control Engineering. Philly Shipyard to join study for new US Navy cable ship Industry news The industry studies are a key step in the navy’s recapitalization of its undersea cable installation and repair capability, as the only operational ship, USNS Zeus (T-ARC 7), is nearly forty years old and needs to be replaced. Posted: 2 months ago The vessel’s primary mission will be to transport, install, retrieve, and repair undersea cables and equipment, with many additional capabilities including ocean surveys and deployment of unmanned underwater vehicles. In February this year, Philly Shipyard was also awarded a contract to participate in an industry study for the development and design of the US Navy cable ship T-ARC(X) Program. Share this articlecenter_img Related Article Back to overview,Home naval-today BMT to conduct industry studies for US Navy cable ship program Industry news Categories: As informed, the contract consists of capability and cost trade studies in key areas, investigation of options to maximize affordability and producibility, and development of a concept design. Engineering and scientific services provider BMT has received a prime contract to conduct industry studies for the US Navy’s T-ARC(X) cable ship replacement program. Specifically, BMT will develop a T-ARC(X) design that integrates its team’s portfolio of operating cable ship designs with a newly tested hull form. BMT’s approach will apply the methodology employed on similar industry studies performed recently. The team also integrates producibility considerations in its approach through its shipbuilding partner, FMG. The award is the latest in a series of similar U.S. Government industry studies contracts awarded to BMT, including the Navy’s T-AGOS(X) and USCG’s offshore patrol cutter programs. View post tag: Cable ship View post tag: T-ARC(X) March 8, 2021, by Photo: BMTlast_img read more

St. Vincent Evansville Birth Announcements For The Week of November 8, 2018

first_img Christie and Keith Dewig, Haubstadt, IN, son, Kayson Daniel, October 26Shayla and Eric Hendricks, Oakland City, IN, daughter, Alexandria Dawn, October 26Rachel and Elliott Thole, Evansville, son, Hayden Joseph, October 27Amanda and Spencer Redding, Evansville, son, Luke Bennett, October 28Megan and Robert Abel, Petersburg, IN, daughter, Violet Danielle, October 29Makayla and William Jump, Evansville, daughter, Annavelle Cadence, October 29Amanda and Trevor Koontz, Evansville, son, Kylar Wayne, October 29Ashley James and Michael Wright, Evansville, daughter, Harper Jade, October 30Hailey and Tyler Weaver, Evansville, son, Peyton Everette, October 30Kayla and Nickolas Halbig, Evansville, daughter, Willow Ann, October 30Korinne and Matthew Ellis, Evansville, daughter, Norah June, October 30Fallon Salder and Dustin Hancock, Rockport, IN, son, Layton Wayne, October 31Melissa and Kent Walden, Princeton, IN, son, Kole Eric, October 31Sara and Devan Overley, Evansville, son, Charles Neal, November 2Rachel Mart, Evansville, son, Eden Blaze, November 2Mariana Maza and Andres Barreto, Evansville, son, Daniel Andres, November 2Haily and Alex Towery, Evansville, daughter, Josie Nicole, November 3Ashlie Sharp, Mount Carmel, IL, son, Adler Gregory Lee, November 3 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Speech: Inclusive Political Participation in Afghanistan

first_imgThank you Madam President.The United Kingdom welcomes the adoption of this resolution and we recognise the diligent work of the co-penholders, but we also regret that it was not possible to adopt a more comprehensive resolution with a 12 month mandate.Madam President,The forthcoming presidential elections means that Afghanistan faces some crucial months ahead. As we have all recognised, it’s important that lessons are learned from the earlier parliamentary elections to ensure a transparent, credible and inclusive presidential vote on the 20th of July. To that end, we believe UNAMA has a crucial role to play and it will be important for UNAMA to work closely and urgently with the new election commissioners in identifying priorities and challenges.Madam President, as progress is made, women’s meaningful participation in all levels of decision-making, from the local community to the negotiation table is essential. The sustained and empowered involvement of women makes any peace process more likely to succeed. We reiterate that any political settlement should protect the progress achieved on human rights and gender equality in Afghanistan over the past 18 years.Madam President, millions of Afghans face extreme difficulties amid a complex humanitarian situation. The UK agrees with the Russian Federation that UNAMA has an important role in leading the international response and we urge UNAMA and the Afghan Government to work together to support the most vulnerable.Thank you.last_img read more

HMS partners with NFL Players Association

first_imgThe National Football League Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded Harvard Medical School a $100 million grant to create a transformative 10-year initiative — Harvard Integrated Program to Protect and Improve the Health of NFLPA Members. The program will marshal the intellectual, scientific, and medical expertise throughout Harvard University to discover new approaches to diagnosing, treating, and preventing injuries and illnesses in both active and retired players.“We are honored to work with the NFLPA to address the health challenges faced by NFL players and so many of America’s athletes,” said Jeffrey S. Flier, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Harvard University. “We will harness the vast expertise of Harvard Medical School, its world-class affiliated hospitals, and Harvard University’s 10 Schools to ensure that we make a meaningful difference in the lives of these players through advances in medicine, science, and technology. We are committed to going beyond our walls. We will reach out to other institutions when necessary, in order to access the resources needed to solve the most pressing medical issues identified by the NFLPA.”“Our goal is to transform the health of these athletes,” said Lee Nadler, HMS dean for clinical and translational research, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Medicine at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and director of Harvard Catalyst, who will direct the program. “In order to extend the life expectancy and quality of life of NFLPA members, we must understand the entire athlete, all the associated health risks, and all of their interactions. We refer to this comprehensive approach as the ‘Integrated NFL Player.’ Harvard Catalyst will convene and connect investigators from all disciplines, in all departments, across all of Harvard’s component Schools and affiliated hospitals, to work as a single team.”Professional football players often develop severe disability related to a number of health problems, including head trauma, heart problems, diabetes, and joint and other skeletal injuries, as well as psychological stress. Americans have become increasingly concerned about the risks posed by participation in contact sports. The program’s goal is to improve the health and well-being of NFL players, while further elucidating the risks of participation in American football. The researchers will develop strategies for preventing injuries, illness, and the undesirable consequences that sometimes result from participation in contact sports.Developing these strategies will require an intimate understanding of the specific needs of professional athletes. The program leadership team represents all the critical domains of knowledge and skills necessary for success. Joining Nadler as co-director is Ross Zafonte, Earle P. and Ida S. Charlton Professor and chair of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Associate directors will be William Meehan, director of the Micheli Center for Sports Injury Prevention, assistant professor of sports and emergency medicine, and director of the Sports Concussion Clinic at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Alvaro Pascual-Leone, HMS associate dean for clinical and translational research, professor of neurology, and director of the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.“Our partnership with the NFLPA will contribute to transforming our understanding of the effects of physical demands, emotional stress, and repetitive trauma on disease. We are excited about the contributions this extraordinary partnership will make to NFL players, the community, and the knowledge base of medicine,” said Zafonte.“The health issues that confront NFL players are alarming. When needed, we will reach out across the country and internationally to find the required expertise. For example, Herman Taylor, from the University of Mississippi Medical Center, who built and runs the unique Jackson Heart Study, makes us an even stronger team,” said Pascual-Leone.In order to ensure a thorough assessment, experts from a range of fields — including epidemiology, genetics, metabolomics, lipidomics, cell biology, neurobiology, regenerative medicine, neuroscience, imaging, and computational biology — will participate in this program. Researchers plan to immediately partner with NFL players themselves, identifying a group of at least 1,000 retired athletes from across the country. From this group, researchers will identify 100 healthy and 100 unhealthy players, and through a series of tests and examinations create what the researchers describe as a “biological profile of illness.” Such a comprehensive study of football players has never been done before. An effort of this magnitude is critical to developing novel tests that can detect the earliest signs of problems in active players, and to investigating interventions to prevent them.“We will immediately launch a number of innovative clinical trials to test new interventions for treating major health problems of NFL players,” said Meehan. These will include a method for regrowing anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, tissue; advanced imaging techniques to measure and assess heart function; and new approaches to directly treating concussion injuries.These and other projects are designed to yield results within the first few years, and will be followed by similarly innovative studies, identified through competitive academic challenges issued to researchers throughout Harvard and beyond. Researchers will be challenged to discover new risk factors, identify novel preventative measures, and develop innovative therapies. The key to the success of this initiative will be the partnerships among researchers, NFL players, and players’ families. Through ongoing “listening tours,” researchers will gain firsthand knowledge of players’ lives and experiences. Members of the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School will help address ethical, legal, and policy issues relevant to players.“In the United States, millions of kids and college athletes play football, formally and informally,” said Flier. “We cannot afford to ignore the health risks associated with this sport. This partnership between the NFLPA, Harvard’s Schools, and its prestigious hospitals represents an extraordinary opportunity to improve the health of NFL players and benefit generations to come.”NFL Commissioner Speaks at the Harvard School of Public Health In November of 2012, Roger Goodell, Commissioner of the National Football League, spoke about player safety in both the NFL and youth sports at The Dean’s Distinguished Lecture at HSPH. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

Beekeeper’s ‘heart’

first_imgFood scientist and outdoorsman He understood the importance of researchSchaer’s sisters say he decided to support UGA’s research programin his will when it became clear to him that he was not going torecover from cancer.”Myron was scientific by training, so he understood theimportance of Dr. Delaplane’s work,” Mercer said.Schaer’s beekeeping equipment is being used by Delaplane’sstudents.”They used the hives and the equipment in their classes lastspring and will continue to do so,” Delaplane said. “I learnedfrom Myron to treat each client seriously and give them the fullbenefit of your attention. We can never fully know what that willmean in the life of that person.” “He started beekeeping in 1980 as a hobby,” said Mercer. “Butafter he retired, beekeeping became his vocation.”Schaer processed and bottled his honey and sold it tosupermarkets and country stores in the Rome, Ga., area under thename Penataka.”We’re told Penataka is an American Indian word for sweet,” Barrasaid. “Myron enjoyed the Indian culture and adopted a lot oftheir philosophies — particularly that of living on the land andgiving back to the land.” Schaer grew up near Lockville in Fairfield County, Ohio, on a160-acre farm. He was an active 4-H’er who used his 4-H awardwinnings to buy a farm tractor and his first car. “In the education business we can never take lightly ourpotential impact on our clientele,” he said. “What to us appearsa simple and routine inquiry can represent a major issue in thelife of the inquirer.”Schaer’s donation will be used to establish the Myron SchaerMemorial Endowment to support of honeybee research andeducation at UGA. The equipment was actually donated last springby Schaer’s sisters, Dora Barra and Frances Mercer.”Myron always loved insects as a boy,” Barra said. “So we weren’tsurprised when he began beekeeping.”center_img By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaMyron Schaer was a food scientist by profession, but his heartbelonged to beekeeping. He was, for the most part, a self-taughtapiarist who loved tending his hives and marketing his honey tostores in Rome, Ga.When he did have a beekeeping problem he couldn’t solve, he’dcall on University of Georgia entomologist Keith Delaplane, whomhe’d met through the Georgia Beekeepers Association.”Myron never made extraordinary demands of my time,” recallsDelaplane, a honeybee researcher with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “I got a phone call ortwo from him and he’d ask a question or two after a meeting.” After serving as an engineer in the U.S. Navy, Schaer attendedThe Ohio State University on the GI Bill. He earned a bachelor’sdegree in food science and began working for the PET FoodCorporation bakery division in 1962. He worked as a qualitycontrol supervisor for the company until he retired in 1992. $200,000 and beekeeping equipmentApparently, Schaer truly appreciated Delaplane’s advice andsupported his honeybee research program. When he died last fall,he left a $200,000 estate donation and $3,000 worth of beekeepingequipment to Delaplane’s research program.”This has been a humbling and sobering lesson,” saidDelaplane, whoaccepted the donation for the university this month.last_img read more

Ørsted, Northumbrian Water sign first-of-a-kind offshore wind power deal in U.K.

first_imgØrsted, Northumbrian Water sign first-of-a-kind offshore wind power deal in U.K. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BusinessGreen:Ørsted has struck a long-term deal to sell almost a third of the electricity produced by its Race Bank offshore wind project directly to Northumbrian Water, in what the Danish renewables giant has hailed as the first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) of its kind in the UK.The 10-year corporate PPA, announced today, marks the first direct supply deal between a business and a UK offshore wind farm. It will see Northumbrian Water source around 100MW of electricity each year directly from the wind farm, providing a customer for roughly 30 per cent of the site’s overall expected output.Currently under commissioning off the Norfolk coast, the wind farm is capable of generating up to 573MW of power from 91 Siemens Gamesa 6MW turbines, according to Ørsted.The deal, which commences from the start of next month, is an expansion of an existing renewable electricity supply agreement between the two companies which started in April last year. Ørsted explained it would also provide an “innovative balancing service” for the wind power output from the project so that the electricity can be delivered to Northumbrian Water under the existing supply agreement.Northumbrian Water supplies around 2.7 million customers in the North East of England with both water and sewerage services, as well as supplying another 1.8 million customers in the South East with water services under the trading name Essex & Suffolk Water. Graham Southall, Northumbrian Water’s group commercial director, said the PPA deal would drive down the water supplier’s operating costs by offering a fixed price for electricity, while also increasing its renewable energy use.More: Ørsted strikes UK’s first offshore wind PPA deal with Northumbrian Waterlast_img read more

Continuous increase in tourist travel in the European Union through 2017 and 2018

first_imgDemand from Japan showed a mixed picture in which 20 of the 30 destinations reported an increase. Turkey recorded a significant increase in arrivals (+70 percent), as well as the Baltic and certain Balkan countries. Malta’s efforts to consolidate its position as a destination for 365 days a year are being realized (+15 percent). Increase in the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities 2000-2017 / Eurostat Arrivals from China increased to 24 out of 30 European destinations. The growth from this market has been driven by the expansion of the middle class in China with greater purchasing power, improved air connectivity and visa procedures. European hotels fared well compared to other regions of the world, with rising occupancy rates of 1,2 percent and an average daily room rate (ADR) of 2,3 percent, resulting in a 3,5 percent increase in revenue per available room (RevPAR). Tourism in Turkey continues to recover (+22 percent). The growth of tourist arrivals is driven by a wide range of source markets and a favorable exchange rate, according to data from the European Tourism Commission (ETC) for the fourth quarter of 2018. Latvia is the only destination in Central and Eastern Europe that recorded a double-digit increase in arrivals (+10 percent). In 2017, Spain retained first place (471 million overnight stays, + 3,6% compared to 2016), followed by France (431 million, + 6,6%), Italy (425 million, +5,4 %) and Germany (400 million, + 2,7%). These estimates include nights spent for business or leisure purposes. In absolute numbers, Spain recorded the highest number of overnight stays by non-residents in tourist accommodation establishments (307 million overnight stays, or 19 percent of the total number of non-residents spent in the European Union). Serbia still benefits from Chinese tourists who do not need a visa to travel to Serbia (+15 percent). According to a report by Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, in 2017 the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities in the European Union reached over 3,2 billion, which is 5,1 percent more than in 2016. European Union tourism results for the fourth quarter of 2018 Montenegro has achieved solid growth (+14 percent) thanks to promotional activities carried out in priority markets (Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Poland and Russia) and good air connections. In the European Union, the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation by non-residents increased faster (+6,9 percent) between 2016 and 2017 compared to overnight stays by residents (+3,5 percent). Almost every member state of the European Union recorded an increase in the number of tourist nights of non-residents, except for the already mentioned Luxembourg (-0,6 percent, or 15 thousand nights). Spain is a major destination for foreign tourists The largest increase in total tourist overnight stays was recorded in Latvia, Slovenia and Croatia The number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation in 2017 increased in almost all Member States for which data are available, with the largest increase recorded in Latvia (+12 percent), Slovenia (+11,3 percent) and Croatia (+10,6, 8 percent). They are followed by Portugal (+7,7 percent), the Czech Republic (+7,3 percent) and Cyprus (+1 percent). On the other hand, the only slight decline was recorded in Luxembourg (-28 percent, or XNUMX thousand overnight stays). Overnight stays in tourist accommodations 2017 / Eurostat During 2018, the U.S. dollar strengthened against the euro and the British pound, making Europe a more affordable destination for U.S. travelers. Slovenia (+56 percent), Cyprus (+47 percent) and Turkey (+33 percent) recorded the highest growth rates of arrivals from the United States. Since 2009, there has been a steady increase in the number of overnight stays in tourist accommodation facilities in the European Union, mainly due to the increase in overnight stays by foreign tourists. As we can conclude, from 2017 to the end of 2018, there was a constant increase in tourist arrivals across the European Union. Whether we will feel the continuation of the increase in travel in 2019 remains to be seen.last_img read more

Match of the day

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44 jihadists found dead in Chad prison

first_imgAn autopsy carried out on four of thedead prisoners revealed traces of a lethal substance that had caused heartattacks in some of the victims and severe asphyxiation in the others, he said.(AFP) N’DJAMENA – A group of 44 suspectedmembers of Boko Haram, arrested during a recent operation against the jihadistgroup, have been found dead in their prison cell, apparently poisoned, Chad’schief prosecutor announced Saturday. Speaking on national television,Youssouf Tom said the 44 prisoners had been found dead in their cell onThursday.center_img Chadian soldiers have been part of the multinational Joint Task Force fighting Boko Haram in the region. AFPlast_img read more